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Systemic Inflammatory Response Syndrome & Sepsis, Part 2: Stabilization & Treatment

Erin McGowan, VMD, and Deborah Silverstein, DVM, Diplomate ACVECC University of Pennsylvania Early recognition of patients with systemic inflammatory response syndrome (SIRS) and sepsis is imperative in order to optimize the chance of patient survival. Early intervention is then necessary to minimize further tissue ischemia, cellular damage, and organ injury. Part 1 of this series—Systemic …

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Cutting Edge Cardiology: Five State-of-the-Art Developments

Ashley B. Saunders, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology), Texas A&M University Making a difference in the diagnosis and management of dogs and cats with heart disease—Dr. Saunders highlights 5 developments in veterinary cardiology: Digital radiography, cardiac biomarkers, smartphone apps and devices, cardiac medication, and interventional procedures. Veterinary practitioners strive to provide patients and owners with state-of-the-art …

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Focus on Cardiology

Within the past 12 months, over 140 journal articles discussing veterinary canine or feline heart disease have been published worldwide. The 4 article abstracts presented provide immediately useful information for practitioners and offer new insights into the future of veterinary cardiology. The PROTECT study established the use of pimobendan in Doberman pinschers with preclinical dilated cardiomyopathy. …

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An Everyday Approach to Canine Degenerative Mitral Valve Disease

Mark A. Oyama, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) Degenerative mitral valve disease (DMVD) is a common canine cardiac disease; approximately 30% of dogs over age 10 possess the characteristic left-sided systolic murmur of DMVD and resulting mitral regurgitation (MR).1 DMVD is most common in small breeds, with some breeds being highly predisposed. For example, virtually all …

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Systemic Hypertension in Dogs & Cats

  Amy Dixon-Jimenez, DVM; Gregg Rapoport, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology); and Scott A. Brown, VMD, PhD, Diplomate ACVIM Systemic arterial hypertension is increasingly recognized as a disease that impacts survival and quality of life for small animal patients and, as such, is being diagnosed with more frequency. Patients with hypertension (HT) are often subclinical or …

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Cardiac Blood Tests in Cats: Another Tool for Detection of Heart Disease

  Mark Oyama, DVM, Diplomate ACVIM (Cardiology) The NT-proBNP assay’s clinical utility has been demonstrated in patients with clinical signs, but what about its ability to assess risk of occult disease? Diagnosis is complicated by the fact that while heart murmurs are relatively common in adult cats, not every cat with a murmur has underlying …

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